The Ministerial Committee of the Council of Europe approved on Monday the request for Kosovo’s membership in the Council of Eu.
33 states voted in favor of Kosovo’s request filed about a year ago.
Greece, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina abstained.
Armenia did not participate in the vote
While the countries that voted against are Serbia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Hungary, Spain, Romania.
In an announcement it is said that the decision took into account the Brussels agreement of February 27, 2023 and the Ohrid agreement of March 18, 2023 reached in the dialogue (Kosovo – Serbia) mediated by the European Union and the importance that all parties implement them in a manner appropriate and in good faith.
The request will go to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which will discuss based on the analyzes and reports of the rapporteurs of the Council of Europe, before putting the request to vote in the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly. If the request is supported by two-thirds of the member countries, then it is recommended to the Committee of Ministers to invite Kosovo to become a member of the organization. Debates on this issue can be added to one of the next sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly, in June or October of this year.
The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, thanked the allies who voted in support of Kosovo, but above all for democracy, freedom and human rights. While in another reaction, Osmani said that in less than 24 hours, Serbia has committed two violations of the Brussels/Ohrid Agreement:
- Foreign interference in elections (contrary to Article 2).
2. Lobbying and voting against the application of Council of EU (contrary to Article 4)
It is a new deal, but Serbia remains the same.